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The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and HGV Permit Scheme comes into force on 26 October 2020, with enforcement fines issued from the beginning of March 2021. The new legislation means that all HGVs over 12 tonnes (GVW) entering or operating in Greater London will need to hold a valid HGV Safety Permit or be banned from the area.

What is DVS?

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and HGV Permit Scheme has been developed to improve the safety of all road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Unfortunately there are a high number of collisions in London involving HGVs and people walking and cycling, and the scheme aims to address this by ensuring HGV drivers have an adequate view of the road, vehicles and people around them from their cabs. It’s part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero campaign to eliminate deaths on London’s transport network by 2041. 

Under the new rules, all HGVs over 12 tonnes (GVW) must have a valid HGV Safety Permit in order to enter or operate in the Greater London area. Although the new rules begin on 26 October 2020, enforcement of the scheme has been postponed until after the end of February 2021 because the COVID-19 pandemic. From this date, failure to hold a valid permit will result in fines for operators and drivers.  

How does the HGV Permit Scheme work?

Every HGV is awarded a ‘star rating’ of between Zero and Five Stars. Ratings are calculated by TfL on a range of factors including the make and model of the vehicle, age of the vehicle, vehicle safety features and emissions. Vehicles must be rated at least one star to apply for an HGV Safety Permit. This will increase to three stars in 2024. 

  • One and two-star rated vehicles will be granted permits until 2024.
  • Three, four and five-star rated vehicles will be granted a 10-year permit.
  • Zero-star rated vehicles will need to fit a compliant HGV Safe System and submit evidence of this in order to be granted a permit (valid to 2024)

Important: every vehicle needs a valid permit, regardless of star rating. Even five star rated vehicles entering the Greater London area once enforcement will be fined.

What do you need to do?

Firstly, find out your vehicle’s rating here. Vehicles rated one star or above can instantly apply for their permit, free of charge. 

If you have vehicles currently rated as zero stars – do not panic! Installing an approved ‘Safe System’ will enable the vehicle to receive an HGV Safety Permit until 2024. 

The Safe System is a series of retrofitted vehicle safety measures which reduce the risks that HGVs present to people walking and cycling. The Safe System is aligned to other scheme requirements and existing regulations where possible. So, participation in voluntary compliance schemes such as FORS and CLOCS means your vehicles may already have some safe system components.

To apply for an HGV Safety Permit for a zero-starred vehicle you must fit all the following safety features:

To improve indirect vision, and help drivers see near the vehicle:

  • Class V and VI mirrors
  • A fully operational camera monitoring system
  • A sensor system with driver alerts

To warn road users of intended manoeuvres:

  • An audible vehicle manoeuvring warning for left turns (or right turns if the vehicle is left-hand drive)
  • Warning signage

To minimise the physical impact of a hazard:

  • Side-underrun protection

Safe System Requirements: 


A: Blindspot Camera 

B: Proximity Sensors 

C: Left Turn Alert   

D: In-Cab Monitor   

E: Warning signage   

F: Class V and VI Mirrors 

G: Side Underrun Protection

Full information on the Direct Vision Standard and HGV Permit Scheme can be found in TfL’s Guidance for Operators.

How can CameraMatics help you?

We’re experts in vehicle safety and we have a range of products and solutions to enable your vehicles to receive an HGV Safety Permit. CameraMatics is not just cameras – our modular but fully connected, affordable solutions protect your vehicles and drivers. 

Improving vehicle safety with CameraMatics gives you a whole range of benefits such as improving efficiency, cutting insurance and fuel costs and giving you a complete picture of your fleet or vehicle. 

The introduction of the Direct Vision Standard and HGV Permit Scheme gives HGV fleet and vehicle operators a perfect opportunity to review fleet and vehicle safety. 

At CameraMatics we go way beyond just box-ticking. Talk to our experts who will advise which of our market-leading solutions are best suited to your vehicles and your budget. We can help whether you need to kit out one vehicle or a whole fleet. Click here to contact us.